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From the Desk of Dr. Mark Studin
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Preamble: many of these issues are small, yet each issue is just that… an issue. If you take care of the small issues, then the larger issues often take care of themselves and you can focus on the larger issues… a larger, more profitable practice and more family time.
“Getting Paid from a SCUMBAG Lawyer”
I don’t know if my words in the title are politically correct…BUT I DON’T Give a Rat’s ASS!!!!!!!
The following is a letter from a doctor from Virginia who has embraced using the law to get paid. When I suggest you utilize the law to its fullest extent, I mean use it…Don’t just know it, take action!!! After you read the letter, you will see the results:
Dear Mr. Lawyer: This afternoon, my manager, Mr. Manager, asked me to listen to a voicemail message, that apparently, you had left him. In this message, you alleged that you would refuse to honor our legal, and irrevocable, assignment of benefits.
In addition, (and I can only assume the voice is yours), you alleged that our assignment of benefits is not valid, because it is written in English, and that your client, Ms. Jose Rijos, cannot read in English.
I assure you, to be certain, that our assignment of benefits is signed, by Ms. Rijos, and that the language is in Spanish, as we have all of our information translated for all of our Spanish-speaking patients. In addition, our staff (with the exception of our Manager, Steve Manager), whom assist all patients, when filling out any and all forms speak fluent Spanish and English, as do I.
I can further testify, that the assignment from the digitization company, Spine Metrics, was thoroughly explained, in detail, to Ms. Gonzales, by our bilingual staff, and myself, before she did sign the assignment (However, this is an outside company, and it is up to them to address their outstanding bills).
Additionally, our Manager, shared with me, his fully-detailed and dated notes of each, and every conversation that he has fully documented (as he always does), with your firm, and in particular, a Ms. Lawyer, attorney-at-law.
Mr. xxxx showed me his notations of a conversation, which took place, between himself, and a Ms. Lawyer, on December 20, 2016. According to the notes by Mr. –MGR, he was discussing the first of two cases, for Ms. xxxx, with Ms. Lawyer, whom he states phoned him. Mr. Manager states (and his notes reflect), that Ms. xxx was asking him to reduce the bill for Ms. xxxx, and accept less than that stated charges, for which Ms. xxxx had signed an assignment, and which had been sent, via fax which was sent on November 17, 2016, addressed to Mr. Lawyer
According to the notes, from the discussion between Mr. Manager and Ms. Lawyer, and according to what Mr. Manager tells me occurred, after Ms. Lawyer had learned that Mr. xxxxx would not agree to a reduction, Ms. Lawyer then stated that she “…would not be doing business with (our clinic), (and that she is..) “turning us into the Board”. I can only assume that by this comment, Ms. Lawyer was referring to the Virginia Board of Medicine.
Mr. Manager, states that he has dealt with attorneys since 1992, and he states that he has never been spoken to like that, from any attorney, in any company that he has worked for.
I can attest, as can many references, that Mr. Manager is always, honest, calm, collected, and of the upmost professional demeanor, of perhaps any manager I have ever employed.
Perhaps Ms. Lawyer thinks that we are unaware, that Attorneys are held to the highest standards of ethics and protocols, dictated by state and federal regulations.
One regulation, in particular, that I would point to, is this…
Virginia State Bar Ethics Rule 3.4, section ( i ), which states;
A lawyer shall not:
( i ) Present or threaten to present criminal or disciplinary charges solely to obtain an advantage in a civil manner.
I can only imagine how the Virginia State Bar Ethics Committee may respond, to the testimony of our Manager, and his thorough documentation of the conversation on December 20, 2016.
I have enclosed a copy of our INQUIRY FORM, which I personally have filled out.
I am not a fan of regulators, inquiries, investigations, etc. I would much prefer not to send in this form.
Additionally, I would suggest that you not commit yet another ethical violation, by not fulfilling our legal, binding, assignment of benefits. In addition to an ethical violation, I believe that courts have ruled on this, as well. I will include a copy of just some rulings, but I am certain that we can find others, should the need arise.
We do expect that the Lawyer’s will honor our legally-binding assignment, as was signed, by their client, and that our bill be satisfied, in full.
Or, should you decide that your firm no longer wishes to represent Ms. Gonzales, we would appreciate a notification.
This letter was sent with the complaint letter to the State Bar Association, that was not filed, just drafted…
Dr. xxxx got paid immediately after the receipt of the letter and this is the reason why our doctors get paid upwards of 60% more purely because of their clinical excellence and understanding on how to use the laws of your state.
Mark Studin DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP
Mark Studin DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chiropractic, University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic
Adjunct Professor, Division of Clinical Sciences, Texas Chiropractic College
Educational Presenter, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Joint Partnership with the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
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